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Barry County Community Mental Health Authority has been awarded a $3.3 million federal funding grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration for the Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic expansion program.

 

It is one of the 100 new federal grants awarded nationwide over the next two years to provide integrated care across the health care continuum. Barry County Mental Health will receive over $3.3 million in funding, beginning August 31, 2021 through August 29, 2023.

 

The funding will be used to enhance and expand services for Barry County residents with increased access to behavioral health care, increased access to psychiatric services, and development of an intensive Assertive Community Treatment Team. Additionally, program evaluation, RN care management and services for veterans will be expanded. Grant funds will be utilized for these new and expanded programs, and 16 additional staff members will be hired; Barry County Mental Health plans to serve an additional 200 county residents per year.

 

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“It is the mission of BCCMHA to provide accessible and affordable mental health and substance use disorder services focused on prevention, treatment and rehabilitation to county residents”, stated Richard Thiemkey, Executive Director of BCCMHA. “This CCBHC grant allows BCCMHA to do more—to grow our mission--to help our community residents with quality behavioral healthcare”.

 

Kristyn Kostelec, LMSW, CAADC, Integrated Care Supervisor at BCCMHA and the Project Director for the CCBHC Grant, stated “BCCMHA will now be able to provide an enriched array of services to those in need, with the intent of creating a ‘no wrong door’ environment for those seeking behavioral health or substance use services.” She added, “We can now serve those with mild and moderate needs, while also strengthening services for individuals living with severe mental health challenges”.

 

“BCCMHA is looking forward to responding to the behavioral health needs in our community. We know this grant and its programs will improve the lives of many in Barry County”, stated Kelly Jenkins, Chief Operating Officer at BCCMHA. “These funds will change lives for the better.”

 

Barry County Community Mental Health Authority is a licensed and accredited behavioral health agency providing treatment and prevention services to all Barry County residents.  For more information, please call 269-948-8041.

 

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